Many visitors to Thailand live in Australia, Europe, and the United States, with seasonal climates changes including cold snaps.

The climate in Thailand is opposite, hot and tropical year round. Positioned near the equator, Thailand is home to mosquitoes and pests which carry viruses, plus bacteria in the environment, travelers are not exposed to in their home countries.

While Thai food is delicious, it should be noted stomach and GI distress is the number one ailment travelers face. Stomach distress or “Travelers Trot” is often the result of ingesting contaminated food and/or water.

Some travelers have reported an Australian over-the-counter medication named Travelan helps prevent GI upset.

According to the product’s website, “Travelan is a natural product, specifically designed to reduce the risk of infection by Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), the most common cause of Travellers’ Diarrhoea.”

Vaccination for Prevention:

It’s important to ensure you’ve had your childhood vaccines. If your parents were “anti-vaccination”, it’s best you see a medical specialist prior to international travel.

Most Medical Doctors suggest you’re current on tetanus, seasonal influenza, and Hepatitis A vaccinations. According to many physicians, Hepatitis B vaccination is likely a good idea as well. However, this is between you and your doctor.

At the moment, a few travel clinics are suggesting Japanese encephalitis vaccination for some travelers. The suggestion is based on your profile and exactly where you’ll visit. As for Typhoid, it’s often suggested for travelers who try different foods or are more apt to try street food. Oral Typhoid vaccination lasts roughly 4 years. While vaccination decisions are between you and your doctor, preventative measures go a long ways.

First, take preventative measures before hopping on a plane to sunny Phuket, bustling Bangkok, or the quiet, remote areas along the Mekong River. A visit to your general practitioner or an international travel medical clinic is a great place to start. It may sound over-the-top to some, but it’s really an intelligent decision. Thailand is a developing nation with a variety of infectious tropical diseases in both urban and rural areas.

Your general practitioner or travel clinic physician may pro-actively prescribe an antibiotic to take only if you get sick.


Please note, our reference to the product is for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement or recommendation.

Source: Guide to Staying Healthy When Visiting Thailand and Prevention

About the author

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get notified of our weekly selection of news

You May Also Like

Thai medical tourism market to recover to pre-Covid level in 2023

According to SCB EIC estimates, the Thai medical tourism market in 2023 is likely to recover to a higher level than in 2019 and will be valued at 2 billion baht.

Thailand Spent $12.6 Billion to Handle COVID-19 Pandemic

From 2020 to 2022, the government covered the cost of treatment and vaccinations for all citizens, with the majority of the funding coming from the annual budget.

Songkran prospects might be dampened by Thailand’s air quality

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Thailand from celebrating its famous New Year celebrations for the past three years and expectations are running high among businesses.